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Happy Birthday Archbishop Tutu

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We are so excited. On 23 October we will be hosting Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu at the guesthouse on their visit to Swellendam to receive the honorary citizenship of the town.  We have been working on this event for a year, from the first letter to the Tutu Foundation, to discussing it with the mayor, to organising the various elements of the day's activities. Today is Mr Tutu's birthday. We wish him the very best for the year ahead and we look forward to meeting them in Swellendam later this month. Why do we love Tutu? Here are a few reasons... ON GAY RIGHTS... Speaking...

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Ingrid Jonker – Roos van Jou Mond by Niki Romijn

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Sit back, relax, and let Dutch songbird Niki Romijn's calming and peaceful Roos van Jou Mond's celebration of beloved Ingrid Jonker transport you on a nostalgic journey. Romance at its most passionate and heartfelt, Roos van Jou Mond was in Swellendam last night to great acclaim. About 12 years ago Dutch artist Niki fell in love with the poems of Ingrid Jonker. This admiration resulted in two CDs and Roos van Jou Mond, which toured The Netherlands for three years and is now evoking fond memories for Capetonians. To commemorate this event, Niki Romijn and bass player Erik Robaard pay special...

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Our Man in the Design Seat

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Having a nice relaxing break from it all, our friend and regular guest Andrea was with visiting this past weekend to have a small break from the preparations that go into  Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. Andrea is one of the curators of the project and we hope that one day he can bring some of that know-how to Swellendam for a small project or two... Andrea, moved to Cape Town 9 years ago from Turin in Italy, he is a graphic designer and art director and has worked in social co-operatives and development agencies for more than 15 years.  He has extensive experience in developing communication...

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Sated

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A new recording of Satie is always a reason for joy at Augusta. The piano four-hands form has a long and distinguished history with many major symphonic works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky published in this form for a wide domestic market. For many years the great classical composers’ works had appeared in this form, including works by Mozart and Schubert, who wrote specifically for piano four-hands. In the days before LPs, CDs and MP3s this was how music was heard in the home. This CD of Satie's Complete Works for Four Hands contains some of Satie’s most important works – Parade,...

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De Mond

De Mond

We were treated to a great day out last week by the guys from SwellenCab, the local Swellendam Town & Country provider of daytrips and general lifts. We highly recommend that when you book your trip to the Overberg, you consider a daytrip such as the one we went on. It is a very short drive to get to Bredasdorp and then on to Arniston which is adjacent to Kassiesbaai, a dropdead gorgeous fisherman's village. The next stop is De Mond which is truly an undiscovered gem. I believe that the guys also recommend having lunch here and quite honestly, a picnic lunch in this setting is unforgettable....

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What’s in a Name?

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We Capetonians are tarnished for our work-aversion malady known as the Cape Coma. But it the shared love for our beautiful mountain that most grounds us. But it has not always been so – the mountain that is, not our fondness for recreation. Table Mountain has gone by many names in times past. The oldest we know of is Hoerikwaggo (mountain of the sea) that was used by the Khoi who were living in its shadow when Europeans first arrived by sea in the late 1400s. You might be surprised to know that the ancient Greeks, who never saw the place, had proposed an earthly paradise in the southern...

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Flammkuchen but not quite

It is always a treat when someone stays with us, bringing with them a view on a product or cultural items which hitherto had been unknown to us. When Suzanne Diehm and Tobi Mast checked in, little would betray the fact that Tobi is a masterbaker in the making at home in Stuttgart where he, with his family, owns and run the Deie Backhaus. They produce Swabian Deie which is a relative of the better known Flammkuchen, the Alasatian speciality. A recipe for 'Schwäbische Deie' basically impossible to find, but here is a recipe for flammkuchen with yeast dough, which we have made on occasion...

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Burchell’s legacy

Happy birthday to William Burchell, English Explorer, naturalist, traveller, artist, and author was born in 1792, the son of a wealthy nurseryman.  Burchell travelled nearly 7 000 km throughout South Africa between 1810 and 1815, collecting specimens of animals and plants. He described his journey in a book Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa.  His collection contains the most extensive examples of African fauna and flora.  Burchell's travels however exhausted his fortune, and he became quite isolated and disillusioned. On 23 March 1863, he ended his own life in London. Burchell is remembered...

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Knot of Stone

One of the real treats of living in a guesthouse and meeting such a wide range of people is that you become good friends with many. It is natural then, that when they return for a second, third or fourth visit, you greet them as a guest but also as a friend. Two such friends have just been for their annual visit and it was, again, inspiring, interesting and just too quick. Nicolaas Vergunst is a published author who currently is riding the crest of his most amazing book, Knot of Stone. Born in Cape Town of post-war Dutch emigrants he worked as an artist, art teacher, designer, curator...

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A Minor Public Figure…

We are so priviigded to get some amazing guests. From movers and shakers in the jazz world to journalists, chefs and fashion designers. We were very honoured to have the wonderful Des Wilson and his gorgeous wife Jane with us this week, and to also cook dinner for them. We were surprised and touched when Des left a copy of his very recent book Memoirs of a Minor Public Figure in the suite after they checked out. But what a book! Choc full of information on the transformation of British politics and the people behind it. As Sir Harold Evans says in the forward: "Every country needs a Des Wilson." Des...

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